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Hamden, CT: Solar + All Electric
We are very interested in preserving the planet and act accordingly.
What we have done:
HES: 2017 (air sealing & insulation, LED lights),
We installed solar panels in 2018.
In 2018, we added insulation in the attic and basement/garage walls & ceiling.
That year, we bought an electric car and installed an EV charger in the garage.
In 2020, we continued our path to “electrify everything” after attending several workshops and webinars and replaced the gas furnace/AC combo with a Fujitsu cold climate mini-split/heat pump,
This year, we replaced the gas hot water heater with a Rheem heat pump water heater to get completely off fossil fuels.
Energy-star appliances: dishwasher, washing-machine, heat pump dryer et.
We purchased a roof solar installation with a loan from the CT Green Bank and help from 30% federal tax credit. Solar covers everything except the electric car and now of course the heat pump. We maxed out our solar roof potential since the area around the house has quite a lot of tall trees. In the future, we hope to add more insulation to the outside of the walls, since the inside is already filled to the max.
Last but not least, we created a small veggie garden, have a composter and rain barrel system, and we use an outside foldable clothes dryer.
Directions: At the 3 mailboxes, take the middle driveway on your right, or better yet, park on Timberwood Trl and walk to the house (1 min.).